What: Hike Twin Peaks (5800ft) Distance: 6 miles (one way) , Elevation gain: 4000ft,
Difficulty: Strenuous, uphill all the way.
Rock scrambling skills are required and somewhat technical
When: Saturday, 31 May 2014 at 9:00 AM.
This is a tough trail due to the elevation gain. The switchbacks make it a little easier at first, but a good deal of the trail heads strait uphill. I do not recommended trying this unless you're fairly experienced and competent in doing so.
The trail starts alongside Eklutna Lake, and begins by winding its way up several switch-backs along a forested mountainside. Eventually, a bench is reached with a particularly good view of the lake. A short distance afterwards, the trail bends right and the peaks should come into view. The maintained trail ends when another bench is reached. There are 2 paths to choose at this point; take the left trail downhill to reach Twin Pass and the other trail goes right is towards Pepper Peak. To continue into the Twin Peaks valley, head into the gulch and work your way towards the two identical peaks. Most of the hike is sub-alpine tundra.Has a great view of Pioneer Peak, Bold Peak, Matanuska Peak, the Matsu valley, and Eklutna lake.
From Anchorage, head north on the Glen Highway for roughly 26 miles and take the Eklutna exit. Head right, then turn immediately right at the T. From here go about half a mile and turn onto a road marked on the left for Eklutna Lake. Follow this road for several miles until passing a ranger station. Drive past the first parking area to where the road ends at a second. From here, follow the lakeside trail until reaching a sign marking the start of the Twin Peaks trail.
-- Ski/ trekking poles
--Ice grippers or Kahtoola
-- Wind &/or rain shell and pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & lunch and trail snacks
DOGS are welcome but it is difficult to summit due to rock climbing
There is $5 parking fee at this location